Mary Poppins Returns (2018)



Critic Consensus: Mary Poppins Returns relies on the magic of its classic forebear to cast a familiar -- but still solidly effective -- family-friendly spell.

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Directed and produced by Rob Marshall, "Mary Poppins Returns" also stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer and Julie Walters with Colin Firth and Meryl Streep. The film, which introduces three new Banks children, played by Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and newcomer Joel Dawson, also features Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury. The film is set in 1930s depression-era London (the time period of the original novels) and is drawn from the wealth of material in PL Travers' additional seven books. In the story, Michael (Whishaw) and Jane (Mortimer) are now grown up, with Michael, his three children and their housekeeper, Ellen (Walters), living on Cherry Tree Lane. After Michael suffers a personal loss, the enigmatic nanny Mary Poppins (Blunt) re-enters the lives of the Banks family, and, along with the optimistic street lamplighter Jack (Miranda), uses her unique magical skills to help the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives. Mary Poppins also introduces the children to a new assortment of colorful and whimsical characters, including her eccentric cousin, Topsy (Streep). The film is produced by Marshall, John DeLuca and Marc Platt. The screenplay is by David Magee based on The Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers with Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman writing all new songs and Shaiman composing an original score.

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Emily Blunt
as Mary Poppins
Ben Whishaw
as Michael Banks
Emily Mortimer
as Jane Banks
Colin Firth
as William Weatherall Wilkins
Dick Van Dyke
as Mr. Dawes Jr.
Angela Lansbury
as Balloon Lady
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All Critics (143) | Top Critics (26)

Mary Poppins Returns serves as a reminder that, for all its global scope and hegemonic ambition, Disney still has a little magic left up its sleeve.

December 18, 2018 | Full Review…

There's more than a spoonful of sugar in this felicitous revisitation.

December 18, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

What's odd here is how closely the new movie follows the original's arc without ever capturing its bliss or tapping into its touching delicacy of feeling.

December 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Mary Poppins Returns is an imperfect sequel but as a throw-away holiday film designed to provide a family viewing experience, it satisfies a need.

December 17, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

I mean, homage is one thing, but this reeks less of nostalgia than sweat.

December 17, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

It all just feels incredibly effortful, not effervescent and light.

December 17, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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